Edwinstowe (St. Mary)

EDWINSTOWE (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Southwell, Hatfield division of the hundred of Bassetlaw, N. division of the county of Nottingham, 1½ mile (W. by S.) from Ollerton; comprising the townships of Budby, Clipstone, and Edwinstowe, and the chapelries of Carburton, Ollerton, and Perlethorpe; and containing 2418 inhabitants, of whom 948 are in the township of Edwinstowe. The parish is situated on the road from Ollerton to Mansfield, and comprises all that remains of the ancient forest of Sherwood, so celebrated in legendary romance for the exploits of Robin Hood, who is said to have compelled Friar Tuck to celebrate the marriage of Allan-à-Dale with a wealthy heiress, in the church of this place. It comprehends some fine old woodland scenery and many modern plantations, with several open tracts of forest-land, which afford good pasture for sheep. The whole parish contains 16,827 acres, of which 5815 are in the township; about 2000 acres are inclosed in the beautiful park and pleasure-grounds of Thoresby Hall, the seat of Earl Manvers. It is traversed from west to east by the rivers Medin and Mann; and the village, which possesses much rural beauty, with the lofty spire of its church, forms an interesting feature in the landscape. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £14; net income, £639; patrons and appropriators, the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln. The church is a spacious ancient edifice, with a tower and an octagonal spire ornamented with canopied niches. There are chapels at Carburton, Ollerton, and Perlethorpe; and a place of worship for Wesleyans. The rent of 109 acres of land, £60 per annum, is distributed among the poor. Lady M. W. Montagu was born at Thoresby.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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